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MADLab students posing atop one of the Pershing Avenue hills they constructed

The Art Effect’s Media, Arts, and Design Lab (MADLab) workforce development program annually employs 40 at-risk local youth and helps them develop workforce and technical skills through visual arts projects.

Through four after-school sessions and one full-time summer session, youth earn a wage or stipend as they explore arts careers, produce collaborative projects, and learn workplace skills such as time management, team work, leadership, and communication. Each year, the program has a creative placemaking component where youth design and produce public art installations in downtown Poughkeepsie.

Stay tuned for details on where and how you can see the amazing art created by MADLab this summer.

MADLab Fall Program
September 27th-  November 17th
Tuesday – Thursday, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm each day 
Located at the Trolley Barn, 489 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Youth who complete MADLab earn a $100 stipend. Applications due by September 24.

To Apply, visit:

Download the MADLab and Spark Studios Fall Flyer

Programming at The Art Effect is partially funded by monies received from the United Way of Dutchess County, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Dutchess County.